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You are so weak. Give up to grace.
The ocean takes care of each wave till it gets to shore.
You need more help than you know-

I went through a rough patch this past Sunday competing in the Cornhusker State Games Gravel Grinder event. Something really challenging happened that pushed a whole bunch of my buttons at once, pushing my mind and emotions into overdrive, turning what should have been a nine-hour 111.9 mile ride into nearly a twelve-hour 140+ mile ride (single speed).

I’m certain that many of you are familiar with the term “crisis reveals character” or something similar?

Whenever I get really upset about something, my emotions start to simmer and I secretly worry about my unsavory character boiling over, my dark side so to speak. Is this upset, bitchy person really me? Most of the time I like to think “things” easily slide off my back. That I’m a composed, chill sort of dude. Although when I become upset by a really difficult, or unfair situation, I sometimes contemplate or say things that I would never normally allow myself to think or say out loud.

Thankfully I don’t get so far gone that I rant in inappropriate situations, or to the wrong innocent person. However, I still say and think unsavory things that I wish I hadn’t thought or said.

Forget it – Dude.” This crisis reveals character concept is complete and utter rubbish! When I am really upset? I’m not at my best, and I spent 30 miles (ish), cycling  in horrid conditions this past Sunday, figuring this out.

Daily Meditation:

Somewhere between Burr, NE and 134th and Pella Rd (Google this if you are bored) I gave the gift Grace to myself. From the start to mile 80, I was mess, a train wreck oozing with bitching and moaning. Its amazing what a little grace, cold water, kind and compassionate company can do to restore your true self.

CultFit Grace

My Spirit Flies to You

Incredible nervous state, trepidation beyond words: to be this much in love is to be sick (and I love to be sick)-

This act was not necessarily random, although it was based on kindness and service

 I was first initially baffled, and then pleasantly surprised to find my Yoga students coming to class earlier and earlier. Some arrive at class 40 minutes early … which, of course, forces me to arrive even earlier to prepare the studio for them. I couldn’t figure out why at first, but then I saw that they liked to check in with each other before class, and as they took off their shoes at the door and hung up their coats, I noticed such a sense of relief in a few as they turned off their cell phones and smart phones — it was a noticeable sense of a technology burden being lifted from their shoulders. Their Yoga practice — in the form of Pratyahara — begins as soon as they touch that “OFF” button. Realizing that made me much happier to come to the studio even earlier to be ready for their arrivals!”

Baseball, Yoga, Life … (and me)

When we act with mindful love? We release the true spirit of those we interact with on a daily basis. Our action(s) and reaction(s) –aka the Law of Karma- begin and end, with how we mindfully care and nurture our own spirit first, and then through embracing Seva, we can bring forth the best in all whom we interact with.

Daily Meditation:

Love – Is feeding and serving others with compassion, kindness and a deep and abiding sense of giving. Through love and Seva, lies true realization.

CultFit Seva

Always, Grace

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible-

“What is the highest act a person can perform?”

“Sitting in meditation.”

But the Master himself was rarely seen to sit in meditation. He was ceaselessly engaged in housework and fieldwork, in meeting people and writing books. He even took up the bookkeeping chores of the monastery.
“Why, then, do you spend all your time in work?”

“When one works, one need not cease to sit in meditation.

The Plan-

CultFit Stage

The Workout-

Lament or move forward with Grace and Courage?  The choice is yours?!?

CultFit Rain

10 One Step Forward One Step Back Lunges (each leg)

10 Perfect Pull Ups

10 Perfect Push Ups

10 KB Bent Over Rows

Form, Flow and Grace


To move through a program or life with Grace takes Courage peeps … ENJOY!!!

CultFit Spirit

Wednesday 7 March 2012

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success-

The results from our question yesterday turned up missing in the evening hours.  No need to pout like you really cared and are dearly heartbroken today reading at Starbucks.  We have always lamented on: Form, Flow, Grace and the ability to make something look easy (especially when the activity is infinitely hard and complex).  But why go through all the trouble of doing that you may be asking yourself today?  Why care?  Just doing “it” is 98.7% of the battle!  There are a few great coaches out there in the fitness world that can make complex movement patterns (Olympic lifts) digestible to the average passer-by (Dan John is a great example).  No they don’t pre-chew it for you like a momma bird on a crisp spring morning or toss it at you in the hopes that some of the info sticks.  Too much of which already happens daily in our watered down social media driven society.  As a test this morning go out in the blog-o-world and find ten blogs on fitness.  How many just regurgitate centuries old bits-o-information and toss it your way?  Our guess is no fewer than 9 out of 10 do it daily…

“What in the hell does this have to do about movement?”  Say hello to Mr. Q Angle…Don’t confuse him with Mrs. Q Angle!  That would be horribly impolite dear reader! (Four peeps reading know why this is important.  Just four, no more no less.)

“You jack asses over there need to quit skimming the top and dumb it down for all of us…”  What is one bio mechanical difference between a man and a woman?  Why should a woman approach lifting/running differently than a man?  This is not a gender bashing forum peeps so feel free to hop down off your easy argument box when you see fit!

JUST READ THIS to wet your appetite or (maybe) learn a wee bit more. (Well worth your time if you are of the female persuasion)

If you made it this far into the post?  Congrats are in order, We literally get hundreds of emails a day trying to argue how we are poking fun at various routines and having a good-ole time at your expense.  Our seasoned readers know that is far from the truth.  They also know that we like to form and make our arguments on “The Process” not “The Result”…let that sink in for a minute (NO SERIOUSLY READ IT LIKE TEN TIMES).  As an example do you know how easy it is to say and maybe you have said it recently: “CrossFit, P90x, Boot-camps are the best programs due to the fact I am in the best shape of my life!”   Making the easy argument on “The Result” is so clichéd now peeps!!!

The Plan-

Our crack webz research department may have finally found the perfect image that represents what “YOU” do with all the mind numbing information you get in a day!

The Workout-

Pay close attention this may get out of hand quickly…

Warm Up into a nice lather and take your shoes off if you haven’t already done so.

Listen and feel the movement of your breath and body today, keep your eyes closed as much as possible and perform the following:

25 KB One Legged Bent Over Rows (Hips Stacked-Always…Each Arm)

25 KB One Legged One Arm Press (Pressing Arm is Opposite Standing Leg)

25 Hinge Walk Out High Push Up Plank (45-60 seconds, Are your eyes still closed?)

15 Minutes in the following Plank Variations:

High-Low Push Up, Side, Bridge One Leg, Table Top (About 5 mins each)

If you seriously want to mess yo self up?!?  Perform a horrid plank…We dare you!!!


We triple dog dare you!!!  Be safe today peeps and ENJOY!!!

Wednesday 1 February 2012

The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side-

Alright get ready for this one albóndigas!  According to our Research and Admin Department here at CultFit HQ, 50.1% of our readers are of the female persuasion.  “So what does that mean?”  Nothing really although if we had to take bets on who opines the most today we highly recommend you take the over on the chicas at 20 emails…

Given the capricious ways of the female species let’s start with a picture to get things really fired up around here:

You don't say?

Now hmm hmm…we’re down here guys, don’t worry she isn’t going anywhere.

Bad news girls, you didn’t wake up like this and if you did you know how hard it is to stay in such peak condition…(topic for another day).  Instead, and guys listen up closely as well:  Try to roll out of bed being mindful of who you are and not what you wish to be?

Research has proven that the first few things you do upon waking is:

  • Update your Facebook status
  • Tweet you are running late for work after ignoring the alarm on your iPhone thingy
  • Press the remote start on your car

Women and Men of the inter-webz please listen up!  Like it or not you place an infinite amount of undue stress on your body worrying about the chic in the picture above.  Stress we can live without.  Awhile back we wrote about the topic of stressing over stress (Goggle it), Instead of torturing you again here is a link from a reputable spot so check it out: READ UP

Yes, you are annoying.

Need more proof?

The Plan-

The Workout-

Now that you have become aware of a few things let’s take a moment to expose a few glaring holes in your program…

30 Second Hand Stand Hold- No walls, no support, no flopping around (if you can’t make it this far…) followed by:

30 Hinge Perfect Push Ups (hinge once walk out and then 30 push ups)

30 Second Hand Stand Hold

25 Hinge Perfect Push Ups

30 Second Hand Stand Hold

20 Hinge Perfect Push Ups

30 Second Hand Stand Hold

15 Hinge Perfect Push Ups

30 Second Hand Stand Hold

10 Hinge Perfect Push Ups

30 Second Hand Stand Hold

5   Hinge Perfect Push Ups

30 Second Hand Stand Hold

1   Hinge Perfect Push Ups

Not that time ever really matters around here at CultFit HQ.  Having said that if you struggle to do this in under 15 minutes or so or can’t do a Hand Stand without the aid of a wall?  Pull up another workout from “That Site” and feel free to comment on how it worked out for you?!?


Grace, flow, stillness and a heavy breathe all reside in the program above.  Look within yourself and find the courage and confidence to take on the challenge today.  Life is not easy nor is a workout pulled from some random blog-o-sphere site as easy as it seems, ENJOY!!!